Nov 30, 2012 5:34 PM by Tonya LaCoste
Iberia Parish President Romo Romero tells KATC he will continue to nominate his chief administrative officer candidate despite the council's continuous disapproval. Four times the council has voted against Romero's candidate, Ricky Verret. "This needs to stop, because we are hurting this community. We are to be a team and work together. Let me allow the people I have confidence in come to work for me," Romero said. The council's most recent vote was 7 against Verret and 5 for hiring him.
Romero said the council's decision is holding back the parish, but District 5 Councilman Troy Comeaux tells KATC the parish is progressing and the council is doing its job. "I would consider voting for someone else. This guy is not going to get my vote." Parish employees have told Comeaux they don't want to work with Verret, because he's rude and abrasive. "They're terrified to work with him," Comeaux said.
According to the Iberia Parish Home Rule Charter, the parish president's choice for chief administrative officer is subject to council approval. Comeaux said he has concerns about what type of person would subject themselves to this process over and over again after being voted down four times.
Romero says he won't allow the council to dictate his hires and said he does not have another candidate in mind. Romero said, "When you look at his credentials, why should I look elsewhere?" Comeaux says he won't change his mind. "I don't care how many times he comes back, I won't vote for him," Comeaux said. Romero claims the council is destroying the community by not working together. "In my opinion, they don't want me to have a CAO. Only the ones they recommend to me do they vote," Romero said.